Roses, Real and Ren­nie

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

KEEN gar­den­ers will be able to revel in flow­ers both artis­tic and hor­ti­cul­tural when The Hill House in He­lens­burgh, hosts its an­nual plant sale on Sun­day, Septem­ber 6.

Or­gan­ised by Scot­land’s Gar­dens Scheme (SGS), visi­tors will be able to buy plants and pro­duce prop­a­gated at The Hill House, as well as shrubs, flow­ers, herbs and house plants raised lo­cally by SGS vol­un­teers. The plant sale, and the gar­dens, will be open from 11 am.

Visi­tors want­ing to en­joy the fa­mous roses painted in­side The Hill House by Mar­garet Mac­don­ald, wife of Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh, will be able to see them when the house and tea­room opens at 12 noon.

‘This is al­ways a pop­u­lar event with gar­den­ers,’ said Lorna Hep­burn, Prop­erty Man­ager at The Hill House.

‘Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh de­signed the whole of The Hill House and most of the in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tion and fur­ni­ture.

‘In the world fa­mous draw­ing room and main bed­room he cre­ated in­door gar­dens, us­ing roses as a key fea­ture.

‘Visi­tors can view the house and take home a lit­tle piece of the gar­den, as well as other plants that they know should thrive as they were raised lo­cally.’

The house has been re­stored and main­tained to look as it did when it was com­pleted in 1904.

The el­e­gant gar­dens, which show­case the dis­tinc­tive shape of the house, have been re­stored in line with early de­signs, us­ing plants that would have been avail­able at the time.

The plant sale fin­ishes at 4pm and the house closes at 5.30pm. En­trance to the gar­dens and plant sale is free. Ad­mis­sion charges for the house are £10.50 for adults; £7.50 for con­ces­sion; £24.50 for a fam­ily ticket (two adults and up to four chil­dren); £18 for a sin­gle fam­ily ticket (one adult and up to four chil­dren).

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be ob­tained by phon­ing 01436 673900 and from the web­site, www.nts.org.uk .

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